Bill seeks fruit, vegetable incentives for food stamps - The Packer

Bill seeks fruit, vegetable incentives for food stamps

07/02/2014 02:29:00 PM
Tom Karst

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would give food stamp recipients a 30% bonus for fruit and vegetable purchases.

H.R. 4904, introduced in late June, has a working title of “Vegetables Are Really Important Eating Tools for You (VARIETY) Act of 2014” and was introduced by Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and seven other representatives.

The legislation, which would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and provide a financial incentive for food stamp households to purchase certain fruits and vegetables, will be referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

A recent study awarded every SNAP dollars spend on fruit and vegetables with a 30-cent bonus, According to the study, the bonus could greatly increase the number of SNAP participants meeting fruit and vegetable consumption guidelines.



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